Tag Archives: Perspective


Francis Ford Coppola: “I sometimes say: I didn’t leave the cinema, the cinema went off in its own direction.”

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Frank Sinatra Jr.: “I think in my generation, when I came along in the early ’60s, the type of music that was in vogue in society in those days had moved on to another kind of music (…) I was trying to sell antiques in a modern appliance store.”

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Van Dyke Parks: “The older I get, the better I was.”

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Bing Crosby: “In this country we like to tell youngsters that the way to succeed is by hard work and self-sacrifice. If you read my story, it’ll be obvious to you – it’s obvious to me – that I haven’t worked very hard. The things I’ve done are the things I’ve wanted to do. Doing them was no great sacrifice. And I’ve been heavily paid for having fun while I did them. Singing or movie acting has never been drudgery for me. So I don’t know that my story contains an inspirational point of view. However, it is certainly shot full of another American commodity – luck.”

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Woody Allen: “We all know the same truth, and our lives consist of how we choose to distort it.”

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F. Scott Fitzgerald: “No matter how low you fall, there’s always an unexplored basement.”

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Prokofiev: “(…) I had a third line of reasoning up my sleeve: in my life I have often been faced with important and responsible moments such as not everyone is fated to undergo but many would give much to experience. If to such moments I react with anxiousness and hysteria, how will I be able to make use of them? How much better to accept them with gladness and a clear understanding! This approach seemed to me the most intelligent and persuasive: I could find no legitimate objection to it, but took hold of it and resolved to put it into action today.” (Diary entry on the day of his American debut, New York 1918)

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